Beautifully designed Birth Affirmations by We the Parents

Magical Baby Moments Hypnobirthing Course teaches its expectant parents about the benefits of using positive birth statements. Positive birth affirmations are an effective way of keeping focused and in the right mindset. They are a powerful way to train your mind to move out of the way of your body; to let nature take its course. Many women who had their minds in the right space created smoother, shorter and less challenging labour experiences than women who hadn’t known about affirmations.

Sadly, my creativity skills stopped around the time I passed the pre-schooler age! So when We the Parents got in touch with their stunning poster, I couldn’t not share it.

Here’s a beautiful and complete list of positive birthing affirmations, aggregated from different sources, for you to use so you can get on with feeling calm and prepared for your incredible labour and birth.

Positive Birthing Affirmations (Printable Poster)

Positive Birthing Affirmations (Printable Poster)

Who are We the Parents?

Neve and Keane created this blog in order to share some of their experiences and learning, as they navigate the sometimes crazy world of raising a family. In doing so, they hope to save you a little confusion, weariness and time.

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Positive Birth Conference seeks to improve women’s experience of birth

On 20 July 2017, I attended the Positive Birth Conference at City University in London. I just love being around birthing professionals and feeding off their knowledge and enthusiasm, and this conference was no disappointment.

There was a stellar line-up of speakers, including:

  • Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives
  • Professor Susan Ayers, Professor of Maternal Child Health, City, University of London
  • Octavia Wiseman, REACH
  • Ellinor Olander, Senior Lecturer, City, University of London
  • Milli Hill, Positive Birth Movement

The themes of the day centred very much on what women are looking for when it comes to their birth experience and how to potentially give them a better birth experience.

This was approached from many angles, including continuity of care. The presentations and discussions challenged where the line for this currently stops and where more could be done to improve this.

So what are women looking for?

  • to have a safe birth
  • to be able to choose the care that is right for them
  • to have care that wraps around them with no pressure to make choices that simply fit with service provisions
  • to be listened to and not categorised
  • to be taken seriously with honest discussions about risks, if they arise
  • to receive continuous and consistent high-quality communication

Where to give birth

Choices regarding her place of birth have been identified as an area for improvement. Not all women report having made a choice – and the decision that women make is not neutral. Many factors can influence a woman’s decision. The crux of it is; choices are constrained by reality (e.g. choice of place of birth is not available, classification of mothers (low risk/high risk) may rule out the birth centre, for example).

The Better Birth initiative states that women should have three choices of place of birth, NICE – the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – recommends four: Obstetric Unit (hospital), Alongside Maternity Unit (birth centre within a hospital0, Freestanding Maternity Unit (standalone birth centre), Home. Regardless of where women are in the country, they should be able to make a choice from all offerings.

Midwives are advised not to just accept women asking for what they want but to ask them to explain why they have made that choice. The midwife should then ensure that the benefits and potential risks of that choice are understood, as well as making certain that all other choices have been explained in the same way. This allows the woman to make choices in an informed way and that she has the full scope of options first. The she can reaffirm her final decision on where to birth.

Continuity of Care

Some areas of the UK are criticised for lack of continuity in antenatal care, though this is starting to be addressed in some Trusts with the reintroduction of case-loading (seeing the same midwife/small team of midwives throughout a woman’s pregnancy). However it felt that more could be done to ensure a woman is given the right care during pregnancy and a smoother handover from the midwives to the health visitors, so that upon the first appointment with a health visitor they are already aware of the woman’s pregnancy and birth experience.

Ellinor Olander spoke about this theme and her study identified factors that women said we/weren’t important to them:

  • Location of appointments: meeting their caregivers in the same location for antenatal appointment was not important to them; however home visits after birth is appreciated.
  • Staff: When considering the transition from midwife to health visitor, face-to-face contact with health visitor in pregnancy is not needed. An introduction via post or email would be welcome. New mums would appreciate not having to repeat their medical history to the health visitor and would appreciate a better hand over from the midwife. Some said it would be helpful to the first meeting with both professionals together – especially for women have had traumatic experiences.
    • Most respondents had a named midwife, this was not important to all of them.
    • Most had met with more than one health visitor
  • Information: Most women wanted to receive consistent information from all the caregivers they came into contact with

Continuity of care is also especially important in women who have experienced some degree of trauma.

Birth Trauma: Risk and Resilience in Women was the theme of Professor Ayers presentation.

She shared her research on women who have suffered some degree of trauma during labour and birth and who have as a result experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Evidence shows that 4% of women experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in pregnancy and a further 3-4% develop PTSD as a result of birth. However, most women who have a traumatic birth don’t go on to develop PTSD (55%). Risk and resilience factors have been identified during the study and medical professionals can use these findings to prevent PTSD and enhance positive outcomes.

The events that occur during pregnancy and birth are important, as these are what contribute to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Post Natal Depression. Although much of this is based on the individual’s subjective thoughts around the events, rather than the events in themselves (some women are more acute to situations than others and it may not be the event in isolation but a number of factors that have added to the woman’s life experiences).

Even though it has been cited that 3-4% of women can experience PTSD in pregnancy, this can be as high as 39% for those who have a history of abuse.

PTSD can result in:

  • Preterm birth
  • Low birth weight

Stress in pregnancy is known to carry over to baby. Evidence shows that these babies have an increased response to stress, which carries into their later lives.

We hear often about war veterans suffering from PTSD and ongoing drives to raise funds to support to these individuals. However, in terms of number of individuals, this perceived low percentage of women who suffer from PTSD is much, much higher than those of veterans. Resources need to be found in order to support these women better.

Ayers research has delved into analysing the care that women received after birth and what positive impact this has had. For those that have received support, a pattern that has emerged. Women who experience birth trauma and who receive support, find strength and resilience to move forward and give meaning to that event, which often sees the woman experience growth from that crisis.

So how can risk be reduced?

The most common responses were:

  1. Better communication (39%)
  2. Be listened to more (37%)
  3. Be supported more/better, both emotionally/practically (30%)

As a result of this study, a framework has been put together to identify those women who are potentially at risk in order to customise their care during, pregnancy, birth, postnatally, all of which needs to be fed back into the services to build up more expertise.

The conclusion was that with this new insight, we can develop personalised care when we have identified women at risk, and by offering them the correct support maternity services can enhance positive outcomes.

Octavia Wiseman, spoke to us about the REACH Pregnancy Programme, which is a five year study, currently about half way. 

This study aims to identify women who may not usually seek full antenatal care, possibly due to one of the following factors:

  • Socio economic, linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Social issues
  • Practical issues
  • Demographic issues
  • Cultural issues
  • Health issues

The aim is to find these women living amongst us and offer them the antenatal care that they may otherwise miss out on.

The study is also trialling Pregnancy Circles, which brings together pregnant women who are at similar stages in pregnancy and who live near each other, for clinical care, information-sharing and social support. The Pregnancy Circles aim to provide a woman-friendly, community environment for antenatal care. These meetings are 2 hours long, rather than the 15 minute appointments expectant mums would normally receive. So far these meetings have been positively welcomed.

As a co-cost of Havering’s The Positive Movement, it was a personal delight to hear the final speaker of the day Milli Hill. It was great to hear how she has inspired so many women to take up her movement and bring women together to look at birth positively. She centred her presentation on Carl Jung’s Shadow Theory. Jung saw quite clearly that failure to recognise, acknowledge and deal with shadow elements is often the root of problems between individuals and within groups and organisations. Hill challenged us to consider the shadows in birth, midwifery and within ourselves.

It was a really interesting day and in the two years that I have been a part of this industry I continue to learn so much from my peers. My wish however, would be to see a maternity care that is stripped of the red tape, so that the midwives who go into the profession wanting to be with women, can dedicate their time caring for them throughout their journeys. Continuous care is not a new thing, better births is what we all strive for. These conferences help solidify our ambitions towards a positive birth experience, if only it could happen a little faster.

Last chance to learn Hypnobirthing of you’re having a summer baby

If you are expecting a baby in the next two months and you’re looking for a calm and positive birth experience, then book yourself on a Hypnobirthing Course.

If you’re located near Romford in Essex, come and join Magical Baby Moments at The Upminster Sanctuary, on 22/23 July for a weekend hypnobirthing course.

The expectant mum and her birth partner will learn practical tips to stay relaxed, focused and positive in late pregnancy, labour and birth and they will come away completely informed about the possible scenarios that may arise during labour; so that they know how to make decisions wisely that are right for both mum and baby.

A hypnobirthing course is a fully rounded antenatal course, covering all the topics and more that you will learn on either an NCT or Parent Craft course.

If you want a course that gives you the facts about labour and birth, arms you with the information and questions to ask your caregivers, should things deviate from your plans and empowers you to take control of your birth then look no further.

Our last group course, before the summer break, is in just a couple of weeks, taking place on 22/23 July. Take a look at the course modules and book your place today.

If you want to hear what couples who have done a Magical Baby Moments Hypnobirthing Course thought about the course, take a look at the birth stories and testimonials.

If you have any questions email classes@magicalbabymoments.com

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Download the first chapter of The Power of Hypnobirthing

On 1 June 2017, a new book was launched onto the market called The Power of Hypnobirthing: 10 reasons why it’s for you.

This introdimg_1829uctory book explains what couples can expect from a hypnobirthing course – which is an antenatal course that prepares both the mother and her birth partner for late pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond.

Quite often the term hypnobirthing conjurs up misleading images and some people feel that hypnobirthing might not apply to them. This book explains 10 reasons why the author believes that every single pregnant mother, regardless of all conditions should undertake a hypnobirthing course. Couples who do leave the course informed, empowered and ready to approach labour and birth with calm confidence.

Read the first chapter for free
To read a taster of the book, all you have to do is email power@magicalbabymoments.com and we will get the first chapter to you.

Or Buy it Now – only £5.99

Today what do YOU NEED? No-one else. You.

NeveSara Wrightman Life Coaching for Mumsr before has it been more starkly obvious that if your NEEDS are screaming out inside of you, you will feel wobbly and probably end up screaming yourself. Your reactions to your little/ big ones will spark reactions that will create negative feelings and thoughts inside both of you.

Today what do YOU NEED? No-one else. You. What is it? A clear head? A run? A chat with a friend? Help with work? Help with your baby/ child/ teenager? A shoulder to cry on? A night out? What is IT ???????

Never before has it been more important to meet your NEEDS before you think about meeting the NEEDS of the rest of your family.

When you meet your NEEDS first the rest is easy. You can listen properly and respond properly and meet the NEEDS of your off-spring properly. You can take pleasure in watching him/ her move forward rather than get stuck in a repetitive record.

So if it is a run before your family are out of bed that gets your head straight before potty training, the school run or teenage drop offs then do it TODAY.

Another day of not meeting your NEEDS is another day of repeating history and assigning your life and the life of your child to one that is less than satisfactory.

For mums who have undergone a transformtional shift from single life to motherhood, this change is massive, but quite often it is only the mother who realises how much her world has changed, forever.

If you are feeling stuck on how to move forward then maybe it is time to consider a Life Coach. Sara is the founder and inspiration behind Life Coaching for Mums-to-be and Mums. Borne out of her vast experience as a mother, teacher and journalist; Sara is a fully qualified Transformational Life Coach who dedicates her work to working specifically with Mums-to-be and Mums. Sara works with Mums-to-be from conception and beyond.

She believes that being a Mum is the most important job in the world and that it is undervalued in our society. She works passionately with you so you get totally clear about your own thoughts and feelings and you become the most confident you are able to be – so you are able to create your own vision for yourself and your child/children and make the practical steps necessary to make it become your reality.

Sara works with clients in London and Essex on both weekdays and weekends, so you are able to choose a time and day that is easiest for you in relation to your own childcare commitments.

Sara works with you to transform your life and the life/ lives of your baby/ child/ children.

For more information and a chat call Sara on 07958 196 043.

Life Coaching for mums

 

The Power of Hypnobirthing book now only £2.99

During the launch of The Power of Hypnobirthing, this book is HALF PRICE (£2.99). The normal price is £5.99.

Pre order it before 30 June to get it at this low price.
Hypnobirthing techniques are powerful!
However, hypnobirthing is still not a mainstream option for antenatal classes and many people are put off by the word itself. The word ‘hypnobirthing’ may even conjure up deceptive images. I’m here to reveal to you that a hypnobirthing course is a down-to-earth and simple approach to understanding and accepting pregnancy and labour as a natural process.
This book explains ten indisputable reasons why hypnobirthing is the most effective birth preparation course. You will discover not only how it informs you about everything you need to know about late pregnancy, labour and birth, but that it also shows the importance of choosing the right birth partner and educating them to be able to support you in the correct way during this amazing and miraculous journey.
If you are looking to achieve the birth that you want, but you feel that you don’t have all the information, resources and confidence to pursue this, this book will show you that a hypnobirthing course will help pull all these elements together, so that you can create the positive birth experience that you want.
So, if you are currently pregnant or you know someone who is, read this book and gain insights into how thousands of women around the world are choosing to reconnect with their intuitive side and find a new approach to welcoming labour and birth with calm confidence.

‘Hypnobirthing is something every expectant couple should learn. There is so much to think about when preparing for the birth of your baby and this helps to focus the mind through an intensive course and with the relaxation scripts.’ Claire, expectant mum, Magical Baby Moments Hypnobirthing Course.

Download it now for the Kindle or go to www.magicalbabymoments.com to pre order it in paperback (postage and package costs apply). Expected delivery date is early July.

Bid for a Hypnobirthing Course Place 

If you’re based near Romford in Essex, then why not bid for your place on an upcoming Group Hypnobirthing Course.

In support of St Peter’s School’s Summer Fayre in Romford, Magical Baby Moments is donating a place for a couple on one of their group hypnobirthing course.


Simply place your bid via eBay and if you are the person who bids the most the place is yours.

For information about what a Hypnobirthing Course entails visit our Classes page.

BID NOW

All monies raised will go directly to the school.

Come and join us at the Summer Fayre on Saturday 24 June 11-3pm.